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One crucial aspect you need to consider in running your small business is creating a safe environment. Aside from boosting productivity, it also helps protect your business from legal issues.If an accident occurs on your premises as a result of a wet floor or a broken step, you could end up in the hands of a personal injury law firm and be sued for causing injury to your employee! It also creates a conducive environment where your employees can be comfortable without worrying too much about any risks. According to statistics, small businesses had an average of 1.2 work-related injuries out of 100 employees. Although this has reduced over the years, it’s still essential for you to prioritize workplace safety as a small business. Here are some workplace safety tips worth considering.
Wear protective gear
Depending on the nature of your business, you need to get the right protective gear to prevent any injuries. Such gear includes protective eyewear, gloves, etc. For instance, if you’re running a bakery, it’s vital to wear the right clothing and have mittens on to avoid getting injured while handling the oven. In the case of any injury, while using any equipment for your business processes, you can get an injury lawyer today to assist you.
Train your employees
It’s essential to train your employees to use any technological equipment properly without risk of injury. You can make it practical for them by teaching them how to use such equipment and what to do in an emergency. You can schedule white card training at regular intervals so that your employees can easily remember any safety guidelines and ask any questions if the need arises.
While training your employees on workplace safety, it’s also best to teach them the importance of healthy habits such as practicing good posture, safely carrying heavy equipment, etc.
Prioritize good housekeeping
Paying attention to little details can go a long way in helping you ensure workplace safety for your small business. It would help if you made arrangements to hire a cleaner so your premises are always clean if the space is too big and you and your employees can’t do it often. It’s best to ensure your workspace is always well-maintained and decluttered, to prevent accidents such as slipping, falling, and being exposed to harmful materials. Little measures such as wiping any spills immediately and safely storing items can help minimize the likelihood of any workplace injury.
Create an environment that reduces workplace stress
Running a small business can be stressful, especially as the business grows. Therefore, it would help to find practical ways to reduce workplace stress for you and your employees. You can have regular team-building events to help you and your workers de-stress. You can also develop channels that make it easier for your employees to open up about any issues they have. Making a conscious effort to reduce workplace stress will make it easier for your employees to be less distracted, which will help reduce any likelihood of negligence and injury. As a plus, it helps boost productivity. Encourage your employees to also take regular breaks so they can feel refreshed for any tasks at hand. While ensuring your employees aren’t stressed, remember to take short breaks yourself.